By Kelly Burgess
A Wyoming man has been ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and has been barred from hunting and from accompanying anyone else hunting for 10 years for shooting two mule deer from his pickup truck.
In a plea agreement, Casper, Wyo. resident Timothy Alme also received two years suspended jail time and had to forfeit the rifle used to shoot the animals.
Wyoming Game and Fish wardens were originally tipped off by a state Highway Patrol officer, who was investigating a traffic accident involving a guard rail and a pickup truck, which was abandoned along the highway. During the investigation, the officer noticed a lot of blood and deer hair in the bed of the vehicle, registered to Alme.
A consented search of Alme's residence by game warden Shawn Blajszczak turned up four deer carcasses, only two that were confirmed to be legally harvested.
In addition to the charges of illegally killing the deer during a closed season and hunting without a license, Alme was also charged with shooting from a vehicle and for hunting from a highway, both unlawful. (During an interview with Alme and his attorney, Alme confessed to shooting the animals from the cab of his truck).
Wyoming is a member of the 31-state Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, an agreement that recognizes suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in member states, so Alme's privileges are also suspended elsewhere.
Poaching incidents are in the news all too frequently, and Outposts has developed a habit of publicizing major cases. One has to wonder, though, for each circumstance actually prosecuted how many go uncaught.